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Commission gives final approval for wrecking ball at Stover
DELAND - The last act of all will be a wrecking ball for Stetson University's Stover Theatre. At its most recent meeting, the DeLand City Commission approved the school's request to demolish the performing arts icon. About 10 folks urged the commission to make the university keep the grand dame, located ...
Volusia losing education money because of funding formula
VOLUSIA COUNTY - A dollar is a dollar - but not at the Florida Education Finance Program. There, a dollar is 96 cents. At least for the Volusia County Schools it is. For other school districts, a dollar is upwards to $1.03. District officials say Volusia's students are getting shortchanged by the Distric...
Take a shot
Raymond Maldonardo, 10, of Port Orange, prepares to shoot the ball during try-outs for the Port Orange Police Athletic League Basketball teams at the Port Orange City Gymnasium recently....
Nearly century-old dealership running smoothly
DELAND - On the south side of New York Ave., between Woodland Blvd. and Florida Avenue, Model T Fords once were sold. The name of the dealership - back then they were called garages - was Campbell Miller Ford Garage. Many years and a few owners later, an expansive complex sprawls across 19 acres on the west side ...
All the right moves
Natifah Davis, 12, wows the crowd with her moves at the Juneteenth Music Festival and Community Expo Saturday. The African American Museum of the Arts and Rising Against All Odds put on the festival held at Nobel "Thin Man" Watts Amphitheater, on Clara Avenue....
City ends contract with company running Spring Hill center
DELAND - The Spring Hill Community Resource Center is changing hands. For now. The not-for-profit Central Florida Community Development Corporation, of Daytona Beach, which was running the center for the Spring Hill Community Redevelopment Agency has gotten in some hot water and the city is taking the ce...
Holistic healing, nutrition interests of Dr. Machara
Dr. Bradley Machara was born and raised in Central Florida and graduated from Lake Brantley High School and Valencia Community College. He attended UCF for one year when it was still known as Florida Technological University and finished his formal education at Life Chiropractic College in Marietta, Ga., in 1982, receiving a D...
River City Dentistry, furnishing "healthy smiles" for 19 years
DEBARY - It's difficult to pick out the most glowing of many positive patient reviews on River City Dentistry's website. The patients gush about, "excellent care and reasonable pricing," a "super staff," "comfort" and, above all, "no more fear". One testified, "Without Dr. Montz, I would never smile." Richard C. ...
Happy birthday, HTN!
Ten years ago, I got a phone call that changed my life. It was an invitation to be managing editor of Hometown News. I thought I knew what the project would entail: start a group of community newspapers from the ground up. My job would be to design the ...
Deltona leaders nix chickens, raise utility rates
DELTONA - In May, Wayne Elam brought a 13-page "Chickens for Deltona" pamphlet to Deltona City Commissioners in hopes of selling the idea of letting residential citizens have as many as five chickens- not noisy roosters - in their backyards. On Monday, the 31-year-old father of two left City Hall with a shocked look on his face. ...
DeLand SunRail development updated, downgraded
DELAND - When planning began five years ago for the future SunRail train station on rural Old New York Avenue, a designer hired by the state sketched a vision that included 560 acres of mixed-use development that could contain as many as 6,600 homes, 73,000 square feet of commercial space and 1.7 milli...
Sewers key to Orange City redevelopment
ORANGE CITY - When trying to sell their plan to create a community redevelopment agency that can someday reinvigorate U.S. 17-92, city leaders here conjure images of smartly landscaped downtown streets or eager developers turning vacant historic buildings into community hubs again. But it's sewers that they really want. Similar to ...
Hit and run driver gets 10 years in prison
NEW SMYRNA BEACH - A judge has sentenced a local salon owner who was convicted of leaving the scene of a fatal motor vehicle crash and tampering with evidence. Jana Grant, 50, was sentenced to 10 years in prison followed by five years of drug offender probation for failing to stop at the scene of an accident...
Filutowski Institute continues to debut new procedures
Filutowski Cataract and Lasik Institute strives for 20/20 vision for more than 20 years. Earlier this month, Dr. Konrad Filutowski performed the first Bladeless Laser Cataract operations to be done in Central Florida in his Daytona Beach office. On the same day, Filutowski Institute marketing director Janelle Har...
Fox Mattress Makers provides a good night of sleep
Fox Mattress has put locals to sleep for 44 years. Rick Carter, self-described "chief cook and bottle washer" at Fox Mattress Makers in Holly Hill is a character. Boisterous, funny and entertaining, eyelids are not likely to droop around him. How ironic that putting people to sleep is his business. Locally owned ...
Bouncy boy
Dabriel Miranda, 4, of Daytona Beach gets airborne during the 12th annual Juneteenth Family Festival at Cypress Street Park in Daytona Beach Saturday. Juneteenth is the commemoration of General Gordon Granger's reading of General Order No. 3, in Galveston, Texas, on June 19, 1865. The order executed President Abrah...
City to hold housing expo next weekend
NEW SMYRNA BEACH - The City has taken an initiative to help homeowners facing foreclosure, in need of loan modifications or facing other housing challenges by sponsoring a Housing Expo next weekend. Donna M. Gray-Banks, New Smyrna Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) Community Resource Coordinat...
Laroche's Used Furniture: Three businesses in one
For many area residents, the name "LaRoche" rings a familiar bell. In fact, the name has been around since the early 1950s. Starting on N. Ridgewood Avenue in Daytona Beach, LaRoche's quickly became known for its fresh fruit, primarily citrus fruits. In 1978, however, the LaRoches sold the business to current ...
Seabreeze Fine Jewelry: here to stay
Lyle Trachtman, co-owner of Seabreeze Fine Jewelry in Daytona Beach, had his sights set on becoming a lawyer. Even though his father and grandfather were well-steeped in the jewelry business, young Lyle had no intention of following in their footsteps. But after spending some time learning about his family's b...
DSC plans lower-division tuition freeze
Pending College Board approval on June 22, Daytona State College will hold the line on tuition for 2012-13, with no increase for certificate and associate-degree classes and, as mandated to meet legislated minimum tuition, only a 5-percent increase for baccalaureate degree programs. The college has managed to do this despite a...
America's got a big belly
Obesity is a hot topic on the national news these days. When the Mayor of New York decided to try and limit soft drinks to 16 ounces it was a headline on every news channel. While I believe his efforts are misguided, he is at least trying to do something. It only takes a trip to anyplace where people gather to confirm th...
League of Women Voters reminds Floridians of deadline to register
The League of Women Voters of Florida wants to remind Floridians that the deadline to register for the August 14 primary election is July 16. "Florida's primary election has never been held this early. Given the changes in the state's elections laws, the league encourages Florida voters to call their local Supervisor of Electi...
Good food, good service secret of Frappes success
ORMOND BEACH - Frappes. Mention the name to anyone outside of the fast food circuit and you may get an immediate, "Oh, I've heard of them." But the question is, "Have you dined there?" If so, here's a reminder; and if not, here's a tip: First class everything. From exceptional food to quality service, this is ...
Cities, ad authority come together to fund A1A trolley
DAYTONA BEACH - Votran's City Line Trolley will look the same after June 25. The familiar red-and-green buses will run the same route along State Road A1A from Daytona Beach Shores to Ormond Beach. What'll be different is who pays for the trolley. "The plan was to discontinue (the trolley) this year," Kenn...
McAlister's: 65 years and still going strong
DAYTONA BEACH - Back in 1960, Murray "Butch" McAlister was fresh out of the military, newly married and looking for work. He found a job with his dad's business, McAlister's Carpet, a company with an established name and a good reputation. He's been on the job ever since. McAlister's Carpet is among the Top-10 ...
Florida Fitness World still going strong after 20 years
ORANGE CITY - Florida Fitness World owner Mike Taranto knows a thing or two about longevity. He's been married to his wife Judy for 43 years. He's lived in West Volusia for 25. And he's been in what he calls his "new" location for nine years. He tries to create a sense of community wherever he goes. And he said h...
Merk's Bar and Grill: where locals gather for food, fun and friends
NEW SMYRNA BEACH - Merk's Bar and Grill has been serving up drinks, food and entertainment in New Smyrna Beach for 16 years. Bartender Jennifer Dziak, who has been at Merk's for six years, said it all boils down to "great food and great service." One of Florida's oldest cities, New Smyrna Beach was founded in 176...
Does it bite?
Hayden Clark, 9, of Port Orange gets up close and personal with a stuffed hawk during a recent field trip to Cracker Creek Canoeing in Port Orange recently. Students learned about various types of plants and animals living in Florida with an eco-history boat tour of the Spruce Creek. www.oldfloridapioneer.com...
Mullinax Ford has a lot to offer in New Smyrna Beach and beyond
With four dealerships throughout Florida, one in Alabama and a new one planned in New Smyrna Beach, Mullinax Ford is growing. The customer experience begins at the top rung of any business. A short conversation with owner Larry Mullinax reveals a lot about why this company, with roots in Ohio, has been around for...
Aunt Catfish's on the river: a Southern seafood tradition
PORT ORANGE - The commercial equivalent of self-esteem is to be so iconic that you can comfortably, if not self-deprecatingly, refer to yourself as, "this southern seafood joint on the river." Aunt Catfish's is in fact on the Halifax River in Port Orange and has been for 33 years. Its genesis occurred in Anne Galb...
Ormond dentist is 'longtimer'
There are not too many of us "long timers" around. We opened our first office in a small rental space on Old Kings Rd in Ormond in January, 1982. In 1985, we broke ground on the office we currently occupy at 220 South Nova Road in Ormond. Dr. Kenzik was the first periodontist in Ormond Beach; the first to have a Laser, and has always been an adv...
In last week's Hometown News story, "Daytona has crowded ballot," a mayoral candidate's name was spelled wrong. The correct spelling is Fred Hoffmann. We apologize for the error....

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